To date, the painting by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky is stored in the State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg. This work of the artist was commissioned by the emperor in 1846, the plot of the picture is the appearance of Emperor Nicholas I in the port of Sevastopol, inspecting the entire city and checking the Navy in the Black Sea.
High sky, morning cumulus clouds slowly growing on the horizon, divide the sky, a peaceful ridge approaching the city, moved by a tailwind with a Russian squadron. The ceremonial formation of ships with high masts is ready for the long-awaited meeting. Citizens gathered on the shore joyfully wave their panamas, the noise of their joyful voices is heard throughout the sea pier. The yacht with the imperial flag proudly raised to the sky was placed in the center of the canvas, and the real pride of the Black Sea fleet, the magnificent brig Mercury, turned to the right.
The morning sun lazily climbs the horizon, illuminating everything around, the glass-smooth surface of the water also froze in anticipation of the arrival of Emperor Nicholas I. The dissonance of the frozen gigantic ships, calm water surface, the slow dawn of the sun and a crowd of jubilant townspeople only reinforce the feeling of universal expectation and joy .
The impenetrable fort located on the left looks powerful, inspires a sense of security and comprehensive security of the Mikhailovsky battery.
On the opposite bank is the Nikolaev fort in three tiers. Peter and Paul Church, the spire of which is visible in the morning sun rises on the surface of a steep urban landscape.
The solemnity of everything that is happening inspires genuine pride in the Russian fleet centuries later, and the unshakable calm created by the artist, it would seem, will never be broken. However, as history has shown, during the Crimean War, ships majestically standing in the bay of Sevastopol will fall to the bottom in the name of protecting this beautiful city, fulfilling their heroic duty.